TOUGH regulations penalising Britons who own holiday homes in Spain and other EU countries may breach international law, and could be challenged in court, a top legal expert has said.
The plight of British expats is currently under the microscope, with strict immigration rules in relation to non-EU citizens now applying to people from the UK in the wake of Brexit. Regulations state that people can visit visa-free for no more than 90 days out of a consecutive period of 180 days.
For British citizens unable to prove they were resident in the relevant EU27 country prior to December 31, this means they would face a 90-day deadline to leave.
Leon Fernando Del Canto, of Del Canto Chambers, in Spain, said the rules had major implications for anyone owning a property in his country or elsewhere in the bloc.